The 10 Best Breakfasts On Miami's Upper East Side, Florida

Photo of Shyla Watson
20 November 2016

Everyone knows that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Fortunately, Miami’s Upper East Side has a ton of fantastic restaurants that serve everything from pancakes and waffles, to vegan tofu scrambles and organic smoothies. Read our list to discover where to find the best breakfasts and brunches on Miami’s Upper East Side.

Banana Pecan Pancakes | ©feministjulie/Flickr

Organic Bites

Restaurant, Contemporary, Fusion, $$$
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Balans Restaurant & Bar
Balans Restaurant & Bar | ©Ted Eytan/Flickr
This new Miami restaurant strives to help the people on the Upper East Side live a healthier, better life. Organic Bites serves solely fresh and organic food, including fruits, vegetables and eggs. Breakfast is served until 11:30am and features dishes such as banana and pecan pancakes with caramel, salmon and eggs, a fresh acai bowl, and yogurt parfaits with organic honey and homemade granola. Whether you want to fill up for the day or enjoy a light morning snack, Organic Bites has just thing for you. Keep an eye out for their organic juices, smoothies, and coffee.

Balans Restaurant & Bar

Restaurant, American, $$$
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One of the most popular restaurants in the Upper East Side neighborhood of Miami, Balans is a casual cafe that serves delicious food all day long. Though many people visit the restaurant for its happy hour specials, Balans actually serves a fantastic breakfast and brunch. For an early breakfast, feast on fluffy pancakes, French toast, eggs Benedict, and fresh fruit. There’s also a continental breakfast option, which includes oatmeal, house made granola, and bagels. For those that like to sleep in in the mornings, brunch at Balans is phenomenal. Dine on egg dishes like chorizo con papas, or indulge on sweet and savory crepes. The menu also includes fresh salads, sandwiches, and pasta dishes.

Jimmy’s Eastside Diner

Diner, American
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For many, breakfast isn’t just a time of day, but rather a kind of food to eat. Jimmy’s Eastside Diner brings both of these ideas together, by providing breakfast all day long. The menu includes all of your favorites, including eggs, hash browns, pancakes, waffles, and omelets. However, the combo platters are where Jimmy’s really shines. Almost all of the meals come with a surplus of sides, such as bacon, sausages, home fries, corned beef hash, and more. Pair your meal with a refreshing cup of orange or grapefruit juice, or try a rich cup of coffee. Jimmy’s also has a kids’ menu, which includes cereal, bagels, hot chocolate, and milk.
Address and Telephone: 7201 Biscayne Blvd. Miami, FL, USA

Mi Vida Café

Cafe, Vegan, $$$
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Breakfast Crepes
Breakfast Crepes | ©gingher/Flickr
Breakfast may be the most important meal of the day, but that doesn’t mean that it’s the healthiest. Much of what is served features greasy meats or an overwhelming amount of heavy carbs. Luckily, Mi Vida Café has you covered. This hip eatery exclusively serves vegetarian and vegan foods, and their health-conscious menu includes a tofu scramble, gluten free pancakes, and soymilk waffles. If you’re in a rush and on the go, one of their freshly pressed juices, flavorful smoothies, or organic coffees and teas might be just the thing for you. Get your recommended amount of fruits and veggies when you drink the ‘Color Vibration,’ ‘Green Lineage,’ ‘Purple Afterall,’ or ‘Raw Green Tea South African Rooibos-Caffeine Free.’ Kick it up a notch by including a shot of wheat grass, barley grass, or ginger.

La Tour Eiffel

Bistro, Restaurant, French, $$$
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Berry Smoothie
Berry Smoothie | ©miriamwilcox/Flickr
Visit La Tour Eiffel for a little bit of Paris in the heart of Miami. With its dim lighting, and five star setting, the cozy French bistro provides a romantic atmosphere and world-class, fine dining experience. Let your plate overflow with hot, buttery croissants, sweet and savory crepes, French tartines, French toast, and a delicious blend of French roast coffee. La Tour Eiffel has incredible prices and specials, with everything on the breakfast menu costing $10 or less. The restaurant also hosts special events, provides gift certificates, and special menus — ask them about getting breakfast for the office.

Choices Café

Cafe, Vegetarian, Vegan, $$$
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Lemon Ricotta Pancakes
Lemon Ricotta Pancakes | ©Patent and the Pantry/Flickr
Make the right choice by dining at this vegan cafe. The Upper East Side’s Choices Café is 100% plant-based, uses nearly 100% organic ingredients, composts 100% of their food, and recycles as much as possible. Not to mention, there is not a single food item on the menu that is microwaved or fried. So, by choosing Choices Café, you’re not only making the right choice for your body, but the environment as well. The menu includes breakfast items such as a tofu scramble, a whole grain breakfast wrap, gluten-free pancakes, raw oatmeal, soysage, cashew cheese, and more. Be sure to try one of their refreshing and filling smoothies, with flavors like ‘Berry Love,’ ‘Tropic Escape,’ ‘The Thinner Mint,’ and ‘Green Envy.’
Address and Telephone: 646 NE 79th St. Miami, FL, USA

Blue Collar

This 70’s-styled restaurant serves the best of American comfort food, in a casual, down-to-earth atmosphere. Though the setting may be casual, the food is taken very seriously. In their words, their menu features ‘eggy stuff,’ ‘syrupy stuff,’ ‘sandwichy stuff,’ ‘salady stuff,’ and ‘othery stuff.’ No matter what you order, once you’re done, you’re stuffed! Try their delicious lemon ricotta pancakes, brioche French toast, smoked salmon eggs Benedict, pulled pork eggs Benedict, or veggie scramble. There’s also shrimp and grits, steak and eggs, breakfast sandwiches and burritos, and a surplus of sides and veggie items. Be on the lookout for daily specials and signature brunch cocktails.
Address and Telephone: 6730 Biscayne Blvd. Miami, FL, USA, +1 305 756 0366

The Honey Tree

Grocery Store, American, $$$
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Breakfast Sandwich
Breakfast Sandwich | ©Henry Alva/Flickr
People say to never go to the grocery store hungry. But now, you don’t have to worry about that. The Honey Tree is a small Miami health market, ideal for purchasing organic and whole food products. In addition to selling products that will most likely be prepared at home, they also sell fresh, hot food that is prepared in house daily. Fill your plate with grilled veggies, avocado salad, sautéed mushrooms, fruit pies, and more. The smoothies are delicious and can be prepared with whichever ingredients you choose. If you aren’t in a rush, dine in the store at one of the few tables; there’s great local art on the walls to check out, as well as community boards with frequent postings.

The Daily Creative Food Co.

Cafe, Sandwich Shop, Restaurant, Cuban, $$$
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Extra! Extra! Read all about…the awesome menu items at this delicious restaurant cafe. The Daily Creative Food Co. brings the newspaper industry to life, and to Upper East Side Miami. And what goes perfectly with the morning paper? Only a hot cup of coffee and hearty breakfast. Order dishes such as a Cuban or Greek scramble, loaded home fries, classic pancakes, egg sandwiches, New York bagels, breakfast burritos and wraps, omelets, oatmeal, or fresh fruit. Pair your breakfast with a hot coffee drink, iced coffee, Cuban coffee, smoothie, lemonade, and more early morning drinks. Dining at The Daily Creative Food Co. is the best way to start your day.

Flavorish Market

Bakery, Coffee, Cocktails, Dessert
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This kitschy market is known for its eclectic styles and flavors, both when it comes to the items sold here and the food cooked up. Purchase coffee table books, cookbooks, stationery, specialty wines, candles, mugs, herbs, and more at the Flavorish Market. They’ll even prepare gift baskets for you. Once you’re done shopping, there’s a good chance that you’ve worked up an appetite, so luckily, the Flavorish Market also serves food. For breakfast, try one of their croissant sandwiches, egg salad, yogurt and granola, or sweet morning pastries. The menu also includes empanadas, sandwiches, fresh juice, hot coffee, and baked goods. Ask about catering and cocktail bundles.

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